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Physician-Assisted Suicide:
Vacco v. Quill
Washington v. Glucksberg
Argued: Jan. 8, 1997 Decided: June 26, 1997
Vote: 9 to 0
At Issue: Whether assisted suicide is protected by the Constitution, and whether criminal penalties for those who aid in assisted suicide violate the 14th Amendment's Due Process Clause.
Decision: The Court found no constitutional right to die with the help of a physician and upheld state bans on assisted suicide.

Read the full text of the Vacco v. Quill decision and the Washington v. Glucksberg decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.


Background from The Post
Unanimous Decision Points to Tradition of Valuing Life (June 27, 1997)
'The State Has an Interest in Preventing Suicide . . . and Treating Its Causes' (June 27, 1997)
States to Become Forum for Fight Over Assisted Suicide (June 27, 1997)
'Death With Dignity' Measure May Make Oregon National Battleground (June 27, 1997)
Court's Decision on Help With Suicide Leaves Doctors in a Gray Zone (June 27, 1997)
Justices Skeptical of Assisted Suicide (Jan. 9, 1997)
Excerpts From the Supreme Court Oral Argument on Physician-Assisted Suicide (Jan. 9, 1997)
At Dawn, Activists Greet Matters of Death in Shades of Gray (Jan. 9, 1997)
Country's Doctors Remain Divided Over Physician-Assisted Suicide (Jan. 8, 1997)


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